SPJ/LA Past President Navid Nonahal honored Richard “Dick” Hendrickson During Acceptance Speech for SPJ Award

Navid Nonahal, board member and past president of the Society of Professional Journalists/Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter, accepts the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award from SPJ for her outstanding contributions to her chapter and the organization, Saturday, Sept. 29 at SPJ’s annual banquet, part of the 2018 Excellence In Journalism convention in Baltimore.

Nonahal also delivered a touching tribute to Richard D. “Dick” Hendrickson — a beloved journalism educator, former editor and reporter and SPJ/LA board member — who passed away July 29 at age 77. Hendrickson was a past winner of the award.

Contributions in Hendrickson’s memory can be made to a scholarship fund that will be established in his name, to be given out next year. Contributions can be sent to SPJ/LA, P.O. Box 572632, Tarzana, CA 91357 or made via PayPal here.

SPJ/LA Board Member Receives National Recognition

Navid Nonahal, immediate past president of the Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, has been selected to receive SPJ’s Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award for her outstanding contributions to the local chapter.

The award, given every year to two SPJ members, is named in honor of Howard Dubin, longtime member of SPJ’s Chicago Headline Club.

Described as a driving force behind the Los Angeles chapter, Nonahal has been on the SPJ/LA Board of Directors since 2010. Besides serving three consecutive terms as chapter president, she has had pivotal roles in chapter events, membership drives, insurance research, financial stewardship and more. As immediate past president, she continues to lend her institutional knowledge, unique expertise and optimistic voice to the chapter’s work.

As a freelance journalist, Nonahal has contributed to Tehran International Weekly Magazine, reporting on international and national news pertaining to Iran. At the magazine, Nonahal maintained a weekly column titled “Dear President Ahmadinejad,” which addressed pressing events in Iran and the then-president’s ensuing positions and policies. Nonahal graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Two SPJ members are selected each year for the Dubin award – one from a chapter of 75 or more members and one from a chapter with less than 75 members. Nonahal was selected as the larger chapter honoree. Jennifer Ellis of the Arkansas Pro Chapter was named in the small chapter category. They will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2018 conference in Baltimore, Sept. 27 to 29.

Nonahal was nominated by board members Roberta Wax, former Dubin Award honoree, and the late Dr. Richard Hendrickson.

“If there is a job to be done, a crisis to be fixed, or a hand to be held, Navid will do it, and do it with grace and charm,” Wax said in her nomination letter. “While good at delegating and motivating, Navid will also get her hands dirty doing the work others might shirk, whether grabbing a hand truck and moving file boxes into our new offices or staffing a ticket table at an event, leaving others free to mingle and celebrate.”

Nonahal said she is “honored and humbled” to be receiving the award.

“I joined SPJ because I believe in, and am inspired by, its mission to support the First Amendment and promote accuracy and credibility within today’s ever-changing world of journalism,” she said. “Being of Iranian heritage, I am uniquely aware of the vital role a free press plays in a just society, and how much our individual freedom suffers in its absence. Being a part of SPJ and serving on the board of SPJ/LA has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to foster that role by promoting ethical journalism and a healthy and vibrant free press.

“In addition, SPJ has given me life-long friendships and introduced me to a group of people whom I call my second family. For that, I am forever grateful.”

The Los Angeles chapter has had four other Dubin award winners: Dan Bolton; Wax, a freelance writer; Claudia Peschiutta, a reporter at KNX 1070 Newsradio; and Lauren Bartlett, a former three-time L.A. chapter board president and current SPJ Director At-Large.

SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

SPJ/LA Mourns the Passing of Richard “Dick” Hendrickson, 77

Richard D. “Dick” Hendrickson, a much-beloved journalism educator, former editor and reporter and board member of the Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, passed away on July 29 at the age of 77, following a brief hospitalization due to heart disease.

In recent years, Hendrickson had served as treasurer and was actively involved in planning the chapter’s monthly programs. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles nearly a decade ago, he worked for more than 30 years at the Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio in a variety of capacities as reporter, bureau chief and editor, including eight years as editorial page editor. He was also active in his local SPJ chapter there, where he had served as chapter president.

Hendrickson began his journalism career in 1961, after a two-year hitch in the Navy, when he became a reporter for his hometown paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard. His work caught the attention of the Associated Press, which soon hired him for its bureau in Buffalo, New York. In 1966, he moved to Ohio to open a new bureau for the Morning Journal, where he remained for the next 35 years.

Hendrickson retired from daily newspaper journalism in 2001 to become a full-time journalism educator at John Carrol University, a Jesuit college outside Cleveland. Even before he started teaching, he was fondly known by young reporters as “Professor,” both for his willingness to mentor and coach upcoming students, and for his dedication to furthering his own higher education. He held a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s in political science, and at the age of 59, earned a doctorate in media studies, all from Bowling Green University.

At the time of his death, Hendrickson was a journalism instructor in reporting and media ethics with UCLA Extension, and had also taught journalism part-time at California State University, Northridge. He also continued to teach online for John Carroll University.

In 2010, SPJ honored Hendrickson with its annual Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award, recognizing collegiate journalism educators who have made a significant contribution to journalism education and to the profession. Just three months ago, Hendrickson received his 50-year membership pin at the SPJ Regional 11 conference, which he helped to organize.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Carol; eight children, Cheryl (Kevin) Randleman of New London, Ohio; Judith (Len) Sennish of Cleveland; Amy (Noel) Bouchard of Bellbrook, Ohio; William (Jennifer) Hendrickson of Batavia, Ohio; Christine Hendrickson of Norwalk, Ohio; Laura Owens (Sohrab Mohebbi) of Los Angeles; Lisa Owens of Austin and Lincoln (Erin) Owens of New Orleans; 10 grandsons, eight granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

A celebration of life service in Cleveland, Ohio, is being planned, with a possible memorial service later in Los Angeles, although details have not been determined. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Contributions in Hendrickson’s memory can be made to a scholarship fund that will be established in his name, to be given out next year. Contributions can be sent to SPJ/LA, P.O. Box 572632, Tarzana, CA 91357.

SPJ/LA To Host Journalist and Author Patt Morrison For Talk and Signing Her New Book, “Don’t Stop The Presses!”

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites you to a talk and book-signing by veteran journalist Patt Morrison, award-winning reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times and frequent public radio and television host, who will discuss her new work, Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper (Angel City Press, 2018).

Morrison has been widely recognized for her work with a share of two Pulitzer Prizes, along with six Emmys and twelve Golden Mike awards for her public television and radio work. She playfully describes herself as a “girl reporter,” and her lifelong devotion to her chosen profession shines from every page. Filled with vintage photos and advertising, laced with lively anecdotes, her new book vividly evokes the golden age of American journalism.

And as Morrison herself writes, newspapers are “the people’s intelligence service, dedicated first and foremost to informing, to watching, to warning about, to holding accountable to the public’s eye whoever possesses power and influence over others.” And she adds, even if the day comes when “paper” disappears and the newspaper exists only online, it “will still be as necessary in the twenty-first century as it was in the eighteenth.”

Talk and book-signing by print and broadcast journalist Patt Morrison

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Association lounge, 110 East 6th Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase. The event itself is free and open to the public.

Commercial lot at 545 S. Main St., Los Angeles

You must RSVP by sending an email to spjlosangeles@gmail.com

Joel Bellman, SPJ/LA

For more information on Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper, visit https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/stpr.

SPJ/LA’s 2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS: Application Deadline is June 15

“You fell in love with journalism. You dreamt about it. You decided to follow that dream.”—Tom Huang, Sunday & Enterprise Editor, Dallas Morning News

The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles will award scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.

Students from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties who have completed at least their freshman year of college, as well as graduate students from those same counties, are eligible to apply for all scholarships.

High School seniors from Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties are eligible to apply for the Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship.

The awards will be announced on July 10th, 2018.

The financial awards range up to $1,000 for each of the following scholarships:

•Ken Inouye Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college journalist of color and is aimed at increasing ethnic diversity in newsrooms. Ken Inouye was a 22-year-old cameraman for the International News Service, covering the Korean War when he was killed aboard an Army aircraft. ($500-$1,000)

•Helen Johnson Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing broadcast journalism. This award honors the late Helen Johnson, a producer of “Channel 4 News Conference” and an associate producer of “Meet the Press.” ($500-$1,000).

•Carl Greenberg Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to a college student pursuing investigative or political reporting. Carl Greenberg was a political reporter at the Los Angeles Times, famed for being singled out by Richard Nixon as the only reporter who covered him “fairly.” ($1,000).

•Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship– This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors or college students who demonstrate a strong intent to pursue a career in journalism. The award honors the late Bill Farr, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who sat in county jail for 46 days for refusing to tell a judge which lawyers had violated a gag order during the Charles Manson murder trial. ($500-$1,000).

On the recommendation of the judges, these awards may be divided among two or more equally promising applicants. Scholarship funding is renewable, but renewal is not automatic. Previous winners who continue to meet eligibility requirements may apply to renew their awards. Renewal requests are considered along with all other scholarship applications and given no preference.

Primarily, awards are based on applicants’ potential to succeed in news media careers. However, financial need is considered if all other qualifications of competing applicants are equal.

Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship by checking all of the appropriate boxes on the form, but no more than one scholarship will be awarded to any applicant. Multiple applications will be discarded.

In addition, applicants must:

1. Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a journalism program at a two-year or four-year college or university.

•If your college does not have a journalism program, or if you are not enrolled in a journalism program, you must supply a letter from an adviser to your student media program, student-run campus news outlet or an SPJ member in good standing in your geographic area, verifying that you intend to pursue a career as a professional journalist and that you show strong potential as a journalist.
•Students completing pre-journalism programs must provide proof they have been admitted to a journalism program.
•Students must have completed at least their freshman year in college, and have at least one semester to complete in a journalism program after the award of the scholarship.
•Graduate students in journalism programs are eligible. However, students in fields, such as advertising, public relations or law, are not eligible.

2. Reside in or be enrolled at a high school, university or college in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties. Or, if you are enrolled in college in another state, have graduated high school in Los Angeles, Orange or Ventura counties.

COVER SHEET (see below)
Attach to the front of your application, which should contain a resume, journalism work samples, and an essay. Be sure your name is on all elements of your submission.

This document should contain a record of your school and/or professional journalism experience, including positions held, (reporter, city editor, etc.), dates you began and ended work for each position and a brief description of your duties (e.g., “feature editor, assigned and edited six to 10 features a week for a staff of four writers”), and a list of references with contact information.

You may include additional information, including journalism honors and awards, scholarships or achievements in any field (art or athletics, for example).

Students may submit their work in traditional formats, such as clips, tearsheets and prints, or via optical storage devices, such as CD or DVD. Send a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage if you want these items returned. Do not send irreplaceable original material.

Print: Submit three samples of your best work. Photocopies are acceptable.
Online and multimedia: Web page URLS are acceptable, but hard copy printouts of homepages would be helpful.

Broadcast: Submit up to three short video and/or audio samples. Microcassettes acceptable.

•Photojournalism: Five or six samples are sufficient, but if you need to send more to show the breadth of your experience, you may do so.

Be sure that your submissions are clearly and accurately identified, with your name and other pertinent information, such as your university, college or high school. You may describe any special circumstances under which the work was done – such as unusually tight deadlines or particularly adverse conditions.

Write no more than 500 words describing your career goals: What specific kind of work do you hope to do in journalism when you graduate and later in your career? What are your expectations as a future practitioner? How will you accomplish your goals? (If you wish for financial need to be considered, include documentation in this statement.)

Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter – 2017 Scholarships

NAME ________________________________________________________
MAILING ADDRESS______________________________________________
STATE_______ ZIP__________
TELEPHONE ____________
E-MAIL ADDRESS_________________________
TWITTER HANDLE­­___________________

Check each of the scholarships for which you are applying:

o Ken Inouye Scholarship – Ethnic diversity scholarship ($500 – $1,000).

o Helen Johnson Scholarship – Broadcast journalism ($500 – $1,000).

o Carl Greenberg Scholarship – Investigative or political reporting ($1,000).

o Bill Farr Scholarship – Journalism majors or future journalists ($500 – $1,000).

University, college (or high school if applying for Bill Farr Memorial Scholarship): ____________________________________________
Major: ___________________________
Minor: ________________________
Grade Point Average (GPA): ___________
Journalism GPA: ______________
Degree sought: BA_______ MA_______ Ph.D. ______
Anticipated date of graduation: ___________________
Date of birth: _________________________________
High school from which you graduated: ______________________________
City and state of your high school: __________________________________
Applications may be submitted either by regular mail or electronically, using universally readable e-mail attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline is midnight, June 15, at midnight.
Applications by e-mail to spjscholarships2018@gmail.com